Even though Arizona has yet to play at marquee teams in this early season, there's still some stats the team, and fans can hang ours hats on. I always check to see where Arizona stands against the nation...well so far, so good. On the ESPN/Arizona teams page -- there are four stats in big bold letters: PPG, RPG, APG, and FG% - How is Arizona doing so far?
PPG - 85.3 (9th in the nation)
RPG - 36.5 (134th ") 29/30 - 35/14 - 37/20 - 35/24
APG - 19.5 (2nd ")
FG% - .512 (10th ")
Pretty damn impressive stats if you ask me. Regardless of the competition so far, this team is executing as it should, instead of playing down to the level of their opponents. After Arizona's first showing, where they were out rebounded by 1 to Charleston Southern (30 to 29), they have blown the door open with a margin of +49. Even though they're ranked 134th, they are still dominating the glass -- A pleasant surprise from last season. This year, everyone is taking charge and getting rebounds.
While Arizona is only four games in, I'm glad to see them playing as they should be, and the freshmen are playing much better than I personally expected. Much further along than last season, with a much brighter outlook in the next couple months.